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Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

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Address: 4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423
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+1 616-393-9453
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) is a 501 (c)(3)...

The Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit education and conservation organization that was founded in the year 2000. Our purpose is to connect people with nature through outdoor education for the benefit of wildlife and the conservation of the natural world. More than 75,000 people annually visit ODCMG sites to walk the trails and view the wildlife. The ODC Nature Preserve is free and open to the public and offers many diverse programs that help foster the concepts of wildlife management, conservation, outdoor education and preservation. The 150 acre nature preserve has 4 miles of trails and several distinct habitats. The 2015 addition of a visitor center makes the facility ideal for visiting during any season. The building boasts a diverse taxidermy collection of North American wildlife with other wildlife exhibits. It also has a collection of wildlife and nature-themed canvas prints by local photographers.

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GREAT Place for the Family

Tons for kids to explore. We visited on a Sunday so the main building was closed however there was still plenty to do for our kids- a play cottage, "zip line", crawling tunnel... read more

Reviewed February 21, 2017
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2017

Tons for kids to explore. We visited on a Sunday so the main building was closed however there was still plenty to do for our kids- a play cottage, "zip line", crawling tunnel, fish pond, walking trails, etc. Also up close view of live Elk. This is a perfect way to get the kids off the couch and outside, all... More 

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ODCMG, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We saw a lot of people over this last weekend with the unseasonably warm weather. It's great that you found a number of fun things to do OUTSIDE!! We look forward to seeing you back! More 

Holland, Michigan
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219 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is a very interesting place to visit. You can commune with nature, have a good walk and learn alot all in one place.

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Thank Brent M
Ashley V, Visitor Services Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Brent. We are happy you were able to learn while connecting with nature. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Michigan
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168 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Had a fall color tour with the ODC as our last stop. All was very impressive and educational. We were able to walk trails and see an elk herd, too. This is a free center, donations greatly appreaciated.!!..Yes -- it is a good thing.

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Just_visiting49424, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

We're glad you visited yesterday since it was such a beautiful fall day for a hike. Thank you for the positive review. We look forward to your next visit! More 

USA
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2016

So glad to have discovered Outdoor Discovery Center for walking trails, seeing the wildlife (alive and dead) great Oasis to take family and friends to discover nature in our own backyard. Staff is friendly too.

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Thank UsaDumplin
Ashley V, Visitor Services Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We are here for that purpose, we are glad you found us and are taking advantage of our trails and services. See you again soon! More 

Holland, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed September 25, 2016

The 10th Annual Macatawa River Cleanup was very organized and successful in cleaning up trash by land and by water along the Window on the Waterfront park area!

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Management response:

Thank you for volunteering to help keep Holland beautiful by cleaning up the Macatawa River and Lake Macatawa. We are glad you enjoyed your volunteer hours and hope to see you helping out again. We couldn't have a successful cleanup day without wonderful volunteers like yourself! More 

Holland, Michigan, USA
2 reviews
Reviewed September 25, 2016

So enjoyed the Women in Natures ride at Upper Macatawa Natural Area, 1300 84th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464 - what a gorgeous place! We met on Sept 22nd, many mountain bikes and a couple of road bikes. Several well marked trails, both paved and unpaved will take you up and down, around some beautiful countryside. Be prepared for hills, my... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the bike ride. It is wonderful to read about how much you enjoyed the Women in Nature bike ride at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area. We hope to add a couple more rides next year! We hope to see you back again soon! More 

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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016

We were looking for a new place to keep up our cardio type workout. We flew through 2 miles of the park with so many lovely surprises! This place needs to advertise more, we didn't go to observe and was reserved in what we expected but this place is an unknown gem!!! We will return and we will continue to... More 

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Thank Mindy M
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Thank you for the kind review Mindy! We do our best to advertise in as many outlets as possible, but we also count on the wonderful reviews and word of mouth of our visitors and supporters. Since you enjoy working out, especially cardio, check out our website for the Migratory 5K in November! More 

Holland, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2016

We have been to the ODC many times over the years, and always enjoy our visit. This time we loved exploring the new visitor's center.

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Thank jra021376
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Thank you for your continued visitation over the years! We are glad you enjoyed the new Visitor Center as well! We will see you again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 11, 2016

The River Guide did a great job of engaging everyone in the group, kids and adults alike. It was a nice day with an easy pace. So thankful that we could rent kayaks!

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David N, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

Hi Rebecca, Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a good time. Be sure to join us again for another trip in the future! Also, our trails at our nature preserve are always open and are free to visit dawn-dusk every day of the week. Have a great day! Dave More 

Kewanna, Indiana
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2016

My wife and i had a great day together. we walked all around this place but my wife was just amazed at how big the antlers were on the elk. we watch as it would lift its head for a time to look around and as if it would get tired and lay it head down to rest. I enjoyed... More 

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Thank Mike M
Ashley V, Visitor Services Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review, we truly enjoy hearing about visitor experiences and about their favorite aspects of the nature preserve. We are glad you had a wonderful day and hope to see you again sometime soon! More 

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